Euthanasia Coasters, James Randi and more!

On The Odd -Lost Pyramids and James Randi

Season 2 Episode 6

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In this On The Odd, Mark and Alex get into such topics as Alex’s upcoming Mexico City trip, Mark’s 100 TV Guides from the 1970’s, scientific skeptic, paranormal debunker–James Randi (Randi.org), sunken lost cities–Atlantis, Heracleion, University of Alabama scientists discovery of 17 lost pyramids and other artifacts, 500,000 year old Geodes and spark plug mistaken as one, Gravity Train, and Mark’s sci-fi screenplay

Euthanasia Coaster

The Death Ship – The Ourang Medan

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The Death Ship – The Ourang Medan sent out a chilling SOS. Those answering found a ship full of corpses with terrified expressions frozen on their faces. Before the ship could be towed to port, it exploded and with it went answers to what might have happened. A great number of theories abound including alien abduction to more conventional possibilities such as methane bubbles. No one really knows for certain, which makes it one of the greatest maritime mysteries ever.

Google attempts to dissuade Terminators

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How do you stop the unstoppable killer Terminators if you’re not Sarah Connor? Google does it with a simple text file.

People have noted today that Google has a special “robot.txt” file that pokes fun at stopping the Terminators.

Robots.txt files are actually used to stop robots of the less threatening kind – it’s like Google that crawls the web looking for content. Use robots.txt, and you can stop them from gathering your content.

The new Google easter egg robots.txt was uploaded recently, maybe on the anniversary of the Robots.txt file? You can access the new file at google.com/killer-robots.txt.

The file reads:

User-Agent: T-1000 User-Agent: T-800 Disallow: /+LarryPage Disallow: /+SergeyBrin

T-1000 and T-800 are the different versions of Terminators for the movie series, The Terminator.

Here we are telling these two killer robots to not kill the Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Now Larry & Sergey are safe!

US military drafts 14,000 dead people

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A computer error lead to thousands of conscription letters being mailed out to men born in the 1800s.

The error, which was related to the Y2K bug, saw thousands of conscription letters being sent out from the US Selective Service System to the families of men who had died several decades ago.

The letters insisted that the men register for the US military or face a hefty fine and imprisonment. Shocked relatives, such as 73-year-old Chuck Huey whose grandfather had died in 1995 at the age of 100, couldn’t believe their eyes when the letters arrived.

“It said he was subject to heavy fines and imprisonment if he didn’t sign up for the draft board,” he said. “We were just totally dumbfounded.”

The error was eventually traced to the Pennsylvania department of transportation where a clerk had failed to enter a century during a transfer of more than 400,000 records, prompting the system to identify 27,218 men born in the 1800s who it deemed to be applicable for a conscription notice.

“Selective Service regrets any inconvenience caused the families of these men and assures them that the error has been corrected and no action is required on their part,” the service wrote on its website. 

Source : The Guardian

Haunted Hollywood: The ‘Atuk’ Curse AKA John Belushi’s Final Film

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Atuk is a screenplay written by Tod Carroll. It is an adaption of the 1963 novel The Incomparable Atuk by Mordecai Richler about an Inuit hunter who tries to live in New York city, and has elements of racism, materialism and pop culture.

The script which has passed around within the Hollywood studios since the 1970’s has gained a lot of traction at times and even greenlit but because of certain death surrounding the involvement of the script many have labelled it as haunted or cursed. The people who have died supposedly as a result of being involved in Atuk are:

John Belushi: Jim Belushi’s big brother and the first known victim. After reading the script and wanting to play the lead role, he died of an overdose in 1982. He was only 33.

Sam Kinison: He survived the longestbecause he managed to film at least one scene for the movie, but then quickly grew dissatisfied and wanted the script rewritten, halting production. Before there were any talks about continuing the project, poor Kinison died in a car crash, aged 38, in 1992. Approximately a decade after Belushi’s death.

John Candy: In 1994, when he was reading the script, Candy suddenly died of a heart attack, aged 43. Which was weird because it was on March 4, a day before the 12th anniversary of Belushi’s death. Around that time, people began to realize that the screenplay is cursed.

Michael O’Donoghue: He was a writer, comedian, and a friend of Belushi and Kinison. He read the script, maybe even worked on it, before recommending it to his buddies. He died of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 54 in 1994 also.

Chris Farley: A huge fan of John Belushi and the most recent victim who was in consideration for the main role. In 1997, when he was about to accept the role, he died the same way his idol did: an overdose at the age of 33.

Phil Hartman: Farley’s friend and former Saturday Night Live cast-mate. Although he was involved for a supporting role, his wife committed murder-suicide by shooting him in bed before shooting herself.

Cursed? Freak coincidence? You decide